CDC monitoring spread of measles in 21 states, including Indiana

CDC monitoring spread of measles in 21 states, including Indiana

CDC monitoring spread of measles in 21 states, including Indiana

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is monitoring a measles outbreak in 21 states.

The CDC says there have already been 107 cases reported this year. In all of 2017, there were 118 cases in 15 states.

The U.S. had a record year for measles in 2014, with 667 cases reported to the CDC. "However, they are more likely to have a milder illness, and are also less likely to spread the disease to other people". Yet one or two out of every 1,000 children who get measles will die from complications, according to the CDC.

Officials linked the outbreak to an amusement park in California, where it is thought that a traveler from overseas brought it to the U.S.

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In 2014, there was a record number of cases, with 667 cases from 27 states, which marked the largest outbreak since the elimination of measles in the US was documented in 2000, the CDC stated.

Approximately 3-5 days after the start of symptoms, a reddish rash appears on the face - starting at the forehead, hairline and behind the ears - and spreads to the rest of the trunk and extremities.

Measles is a vaccine-preventable respiratory infection that can result in hospitalization, pneumonia, encephalitis and death. MMR vaccine is one of the required school immunizations in Indiana. One dose is about 93% effective at preventing the contagious disease if you come into contact with the virus.

"About 3 out of 100 people who get two doses of MMR vaccine will get measles if exposed to the virus", the agency notes. Vaccination is now the only effective way to prevent measles.

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